I forget how I found out that Chris hadn’t seen any of The Brady Bunch movies, but I wanted to fix that as soon as I did find out. I loved the movie when it came out, and the more and more I thought about it the more I realized that it really was pretty bizarre.
The movie is sort of hard to describe. It’s about the Bradys as we know them: Carol & Mike, Marcia, Jan, Cindy, and Greg, Peter, and Bobby. Their household is also complete with Alice, who is herself complete with her relationship with Sam. They live in the same house, wear the same clothes . . . in fact everything about the Bradys in the movies is the same as the TV show, except it’s set in 1995. So all of their weird sayings, clothes, habits, are made 1000x weirder by being surrounded by modern America.
Watching The Brady Bunch Movie again made me realize how many jokes I didn’t get when I first saw it (I was 7 when this came out) but it still completely held up. The jokes that I thought were funny in 1995 were even funnier now. Like how Marcia is still obsessed with Davy Jones, even though he was 50 years old at the time. Or all of their musical numbers. But most of all, Jan’s inner voice. The Marcia/Jan rivalry from the TV show is taken to schizophrenic levels as Jan’s hatred (there’s definitely more hate here than in the show) for Marcia spurns a demonic voice in her head that reminds her of how perfect Marcia is. But, of course, that’s really only in Jan’s world; though Marcia’s attractiveness transcends her weirdness, she’s still super weird.
I could see this movie easily slipping by under the radar, because maybe the concept is confusing or maybe one would assume it’s cheesy and not funny. But it is so fucking funny.
I definitely thought these were Brady movies with the full original cast? When Elizabeth always said Christine Taylor was Marcia Brady I kind of thought that meant the original? I have no idea why I thought that and the obvious time table of how that is impossible never crossed my mind. I’m glad Elizabeth wanted to watch this and the sequel because now I actually have it right in my head.
So obviously I was not expecting this movie to be what it was. I assumed it was just another Brady tale but the fact that it took the original Brady idea and set it in modern times is genius! I really wish I had watched this as a kid because I enjoyed it a lot as an adult.
I never really watched The Brady Bunch. I always found it kind of boring and I think this movie does a great job of realizing that. The whole story in this movie and all the characters are so over the top, nothing was really lost on me due to boredom.
I say check this out for sure! Although it feels like I might one of the last people to see it and certainly the last to know it was not part of the original show.